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Moot Weekend Away Reflections

Moot Community Weekend Away

Friday 2 November to Sunday 4 November at the Privett Centre, Hampshire

Through the evening of Friday 2 November, Mooters began to arrive at the Privett Centre, usually via Petersfield Station. The Centre is an old school so we had plenty of room in fairly basic surroundings and lovely Hampshire countryside. We all shared cooking, cleaning, washing up etc. The overall theme of the weekend could be summed up as, “What is growth in Moot?”
After dinner on Friday night, a moveable feast as people arrived, we said night prayer together, with a reflective examen, and then enjoyed board games and a start of the weekend drink.

Saturday morning started with a meditation and then, after breakfast, an exercise reflecting on where Moot is and where we hope Moot may be in the future. To what extent does Moot affirm personally what we are and to what extend does it personally transform us into what we can be? Also, as a community, is Moot primarily a safe space or primarily an open welcome? People stood in various parts of the room, in different quarters, to say what they think Moot is and then what Moot could be. He is where people stood: green cross to show current position; red cross to show what could be.

The largest segment for Moot’s current position is as a safe space affirming what we are. Potentially, though, we could become more transforming and, in some people’s minds, more welcoming. Even for those who wanted a more open welcome, there was a desire to maintain the priority of Moot being a safe space.

We then looked at growth within Moot. Some reflections were offered:

  • Moot and Host are not as close as the original mission strategy assumed. This is because community members cannot run Host as originally hoped – the community members do not have the time and Host has to be run according to professional standards. We can do things together but most of the community are not around during the working day, when Host is at its busiest, or during weekday early evenings when Host and Moot could offer joint activities.
  • Mini-Moots are essential to build up trust and as a safe space. Primary pastoral care can happen in the Mini-Moot. Perhaps they can run a WhatsApp group between meetings? Active listening is essential.
  • How do we introduce people to our Rhythm of Life?
  • Should we offer other interest groups e.g. “Crafternoon”, board games, Bible study?
  • Could we offer WhatsApp groups for different spiritual practices?
  • Serum was discussed – could we sign post people to this as there are Serum groups beyond the Moot group? To what extend is our group spiritual but not religious?
  • Could community forums become a place of exploration and discussion – especially as people are already coming to St. Mary Aldermary for Moot services which follow the Forum?
  • Can we offer anything for families? This should be kept under review as families grow.

After lunch on Saturday we had an autumnal walk around the Hampshire countryside.

The walk was followed by a Lectio Divina exercise, dinner and more board games and drinking.

 

Sunday started with Taize, breakfast and an exploration of what Moot’s priorities should be. The following four areas were highlighted:

  • The need to have an introduction to our Rhythm of Life. This would include some information/greetings cards that can be available during the week and on Sundays which we could share in the same way that we now provide an introduction to the church building. Also, on Sundays we all need to look out for and welcome new people and announcements at services should include non-Sunday activities.
  • Having a quarterly social as a Pre-Moot way into the community and encouraging people to be involved even if they are only to be with us for a limited period of time. [Since the weekend, the GCC has discussed having more socials in general rather than primarily for new people.]
  • Encouraging groups to let us know if they are visiting on a Sunday so that they do not overpower our safe space. This is especially true of the Agape. Also, having Pews not Pub after the Eucharist to encourage people, especially new people, to stay. On 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays we would still head to the pub.
  • Using the Community Forum as a place of exploration and discussion, and maybe increasing how often it is held. This could include a book group.

 

Sunday morning concluded with the Eucharist and lunch. We then cleaned up and headed back to London. A great weekend.

 

Thank you to all who came and made it such an enjoyable and productive time.

 

Paul

 

 

POSTED 10.12.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | No Comments

Holy Week at Moot

If you have been joining or would like to join us for the remainder of Lent here’s a list of services we’re holding up until Easter Day.

You can find more details by clicking on the links in the list below.

Thursday 22nd March | 6.30pm
Lent Course #4 – our final week, focusing on Centering Prayer

Wednesday 28th March | 8am
Morning Sung Taize

Thursday 29th March | 6.30pm
Maundy Thursday Agape & Footwashing followed by Silent Vigil

Friday 30th March | 8am
Morning Sung Taize

Friday 30th March | Noon
Commemoration of the Cross (at St Vedast-Alias-Foster Church)

Sunday 1st April | 6pm
Easter Sunday Eucharist

 

POSTED 21.03.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Holy Week at Moot

Lent Course 1 – The Examen

In the first meeting of our Lent course we heard about the retreat into the desert and the practice of self-examination through the prayer practice of the Examen. Listen here to our first session.

We concluded the evening by sharing in the Examen prayer – you can hear this prayer being led here.

POSTED 08.03.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Lent Course 1 – The Examen

New Year’s Moot Update

 

Happy New Year from all of us at Moot!

Wishing you all a bright January 1st morning, a restful end to holidays, and a peaceful start to the year ahead.

 

 

As we look to the year ahead and consider our road ahead and the changes we’re looking for, we wanted to update you on our direction as a community together. We’ve spent the last couple of years catching our breath from a years-long journey, particularly making a home at St Mary Aldermary, watching the Host Cafe come alive, and welcome Paul Kennedy our new priest.

This past November the community took a weekend to go away and take stock of who we are, what we are, and where we want to go together. I’d like to share a report from that weekend from Paul our priest (below).

Once again wishing you God’s peace, hope, and energy as we enter 2018 together – from all of us at Moot.

“On the weekend of the 3-5 November 20 people from the Moot Community travelled to the Youth Hostel at Littlehampton for fellowship, relaxation and an exploration of Moot’s calling. Littlehampton was a wonderful site: with the long beach; the tidal Arun river; and the huge open skies which we Londoners really appreciated.

Together we ate, we prayed, we talked, we drank, we walked, we played board games, and we explored God’s calling. We decide to redraw a simple Rhythm of Life to which Moot members can choose to commit; we reaffirmed our practices of contemplative and inherited prayer; we reflected upon how a distinctive community maintains an open welcome; we reaffirmed our New Monastic roots but accepted that we may be evolving in a less structured and more contemplative way; we planned a walk in the Chilterns; and we started plans for our next annual weekend away. The company was wonderful, the food was great, the Youth Hostel was cosy, the weekend felt blessed and I’m already looking forward to next year’s time away.

A draft of the Rhythm of Life should be ready for Lent, following a series of Community Forums, with a service at the end of September at which we hope Archdeacon Rosemary will preside.”

POSTED 01.01.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on New Year’s Moot Update

The Faith of Jesus – Anxiety and Being Loved

Rev’d Paul Kennedy speaks about the Faith of Jesus, touching on justification by faith; anxiety; and faith IN God’s love for us.

 

POSTED 09.10.17 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on The Faith of Jesus – Anxiety and Being Loved

All Shall Be Well – Reflections on Julian of Norwich

All Shall Be Well – please enjoy this reflection from our Moot service by our new Priest in Charge the Revd Paul Kennedy, speaking about Julian of Norwich.

POSTED 07.08.17 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on All Shall Be Well – Reflections on Julian of Norwich

Lent & Easter at Moot

There will be a number of particular services over the Lent and Easter period, which we hope you’ll join us for. You should be able to see them on our events calendar, but here’s a list of a few highlights:

Ash Wednesday March 1st 6.30pm – Ash Wednesday Service (Ashing and Eucharist)

Sunday March 5th 4.30pm (and every Sunday through 9th April) – Lent Book Discussion Group

Maundy Thursday 13th April 6.30pm – Footwashing Service and Vigil

Good Friday 14th April 6.30pm – Tenebrae Service

Easter Sunday 16th April 6pm – Easter Eucharist and Social

 

POSTED 27.02.17 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Lent & Easter at Moot

Tim Dendy speaking about Moot’s Vision

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On Sunday 30th October, All Saint’s Day, we shared a Service of the Word liturgy of “Thanksgiving for Moot” – looking back at where we’ve come from as well as ahead to the future. Tim Dendy (Moot veteran and churchwarden) shared his look back at Moot and how we’ve arrived where we are now. We hope you enjoy listening to an abbreviated version of the Moot story!

POSTED 04.11.16 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Tim Dendy speaking about Moot’s Vision

New spirituality section to this website

We have now started to develop a new spirituality section on this website, that gives easier access to the online prayer resources, as well as information on meditation, prayer development, pastoral care and support that we offer through Moot at St Mary Aldermary’s.  So do check this out, which will be developing as we expand our resources and events to open up Christian spirituality in the City of London. To see more click here   We hope in time to create an app for smart phones to access these resources more easily.  Discussions have begun for this.

This site is about to go through substantial development, with revised podcasting and blog resources with a one page archive of all podcasts, along with a new book stall of reviewed and recommended books, a new Host cafe subpage and much more.  These changes will be rolled out between October 2012 and February 2013.

POSTED 05.10.12 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on New spirituality section to this website

10th March: Prayer Development Day

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In 2007 the Bishop of London Challenged the Moot Community to seek to become contemplatives to be able to sustain the vision of Moot – to be able to discern a complex God in a complex culture. The place of prayer and contemplation in our lives is therefore important as we seek to discern God. Our Moot Rhythm of Life in its aspirations and spiritual practices has an explicit expectation that we will go deeper in regular committed prayer. As Karl Rahner, a German theologian has said, “Christians of the future will be mystics, or there will be no Christians at all”.

Moot has for sometime been promoting new/old ways to engage with prayer, particularly forms of contemplation. This prayer development day seeks to enable participants to explore and experience different forms and approaches to prayer, to work out what particular approaches resonate with what you seek to include in your spiritual time. Julie Dunstan, a good friend of Moot and a spiritual director trained in forms of ignatian prayer will lead the day. This event is open to all people who are exploring prayer – whether you feel a novice, struggle with it or just want to go deeper.

This event will be held in the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary, the beautiful surroundings of one of the oldest churches in London, right next to Mansion House Tube (Exit 4) and 3 mins away from the Bank Tube, and 5 mins away from Cannon Street Station National Rail station. It will start from 10am and finish at 3/3.30pm. Do please bring a packed lunch. There will also be coffee breaks.

Bio on Julie Dunstan
I have a particular interest in how Christian spirituality can (though often doesn’t!) reach people at depth and foster growth and healing. I want to help people experience God’s presence in personal and authentic ways; to get people out of their heads and into their hearts; into God’s heart. I am a member of All Saints’ Church, West Dulwich, and presently developing an alternative prayer project called All Saints’ Soul Space. I am married with one lovely daughter. I am grateful for God’s grace.

POSTED 07.03.12 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on 10th March: Prayer Development Day